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Join the team at Prosper!

November 15, 2016 - 13:33 -- Admin

Prosper Australia is seeking expressions of interest for a researcher/campaigner. We need a talented individual with the character to drive change. We are a small NGO based in North Melbourne with a long history and an ambitious agenda. Join a team committed to advancing the common good through economic reform – armed with creativity, evidence and […]

Seize the Day, Scott Morrison – rid Australia of a bad tax and free up the land

November 9, 2016 - 13:11 -- Admin

The land supply equation in Australia – flashing red danger signals for years – has finally come to the attention of federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, who is charged with the task of advancing national prosperity. He may even be prompted into action. Notoriously well-connected Alan Mitchell is out today in the AFR with the latest […]

Tim Pallas protects land tax revenues – and the people of Victoria

November 3, 2016 - 09:58 -- Admin

The Victorian Treasurer yesterday dismissed belly-aching by holders of valuable parcels whose private joy over the strong rises in land prices comes with a sting – their State Land Tax went up too. ‘‘The government is not considering reducing land tax rates in response to a cyclical upturn in land values,’’ Mr Pallas told the […]

Exposed: Scomo’s ‘fix’ on housing costs a sop to Libs’ Big Developer donors

October 28, 2016 - 13:37 -- Admin

by Warwick Smith Warwick Smith smells a rat in Scomo’s sudden solution to housing affordability – planning reform – coming just ten days after developers’ call for same. SCOTT MORRISON has suddenly announced that he cares about housing affordability. This is interesting given his strident opposition to getting rid of negative gearing and the concessional […]

NSW Premier Baird passes the Elixir bottle without taking a swig

October 27, 2016 - 13:47 -- Admin

NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet floated the idea of exchanging Stamp Duty for State Land Tax in The Australian yesterday. We warmly welcomed his initiative and explained some of the big benefits this offered NSW. By 5.30pm yesterday, Philip Coorey had the Premier’s rebuttal up in the AFR, saying he had no intention of making […]

Will Mike Baird seize the first-mover advantage for NSW – and drink all of the Premiers’ Elixir?

October 26, 2016 - 15:59 -- Admin

A prize awaits the first state Premier with the political capital and farsightedness to exchange Stamp Duty for State Land Tax. The move would be a magnet for economic activity. As economists repeat ad nauseum, it is all on the margin. Fresh investment – the Premiers’ Elixir – goes where it is most welcome and […]

The Tax Men from Mars landed in ACT – and were asked to stay

October 22, 2016 - 18:59 -- Admin

Saturday’s Australian Financial Review always needs a nice read and today it is the ACT government’s progressive removal of Stamp Duty that increased council rates on a million dollar property from $2200 a few years ago to $3000. What a terrible thing to do! Mather, Ludlow & Schlesinger are astonished the Barr government was returned […]

Prosper’s Survey asks aspiring Councillors to rate land not buildings

October 21, 2016 - 13:57 -- Admin

In its campaign to rid Australia of bad taxes, Prosper Australia surveyed Victorian municipal council candidates and asked their opinion on the rates issue. We explained the difference between Capital Improved Value (CIV) and Site Value (SV) and the economic arguments around them. The Victorian government’s review of the Local Government Act 1989 wants to […]

Clouding Clear Title – The NSW Land Registry Sell-Off

October 6, 2016 - 13:03 -- Admin

The NSW Liberal-National Coalition government has just passed new laws to sell the state’s Land Registry to private interests. Prosper is bitterly opposed to this sale and has spoken out against it repeatedly. This is a core government function: “Each state and territory has a central register of all land in the state which shows […]